2 Samuel 14:1-15:22 John 18:1-24 Psalm 119:97-112 Proverbs 16:8-9
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New Testament: John 18:1-24
Summary: Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus, Jesus Faces Annas and Caiaphas, Peter Denies Jesus, The High Priest Questions Jesus
When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. ~ John 18:6
There was in our Lord something more than human; he was God as well as man, and he displayed his divine majesty, glory, and power. This was done, not to make his escape from them; but to give proof of his deity, and a specimen of his power at the great day; and to let them know, that if he had not thought fit to have surrendered himself voluntarily to them, though he was an unarmed person, they, with all their men and arms, could never have laid hold on him; and to show them, that he could as easily have struck them dead, as to cause them to fall to the ground: and sometimes striking a person dead immediately, is expressed by this phrase of striking to the ground; and is ascribed to God, who does it by the ministry of angels: says R. Simeon ben Shetach
Judas. His name is synonymous with betrayal. He lived alongside Jesus. He listened to Him. He ate with Him. He appeared to follow Him, but he never did. In the end, Judas left the minority who followed Jesus and chose to stand with the crowd that hated Jesus. Alistair Begg walks us through Judas’ betrayal and encourages us to stand with Christ.